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Ocean Academy

Ocean Academy, in Bayville, NJ, is a small therapeutic school that offers educational services to students that need a more structured, nurturing environment to reach their academic and social goals. Our behavioral health school programs are designed to successfully transition students back to districts or to successfully complete graduation requirements. As part of Bright Harbor Healthcare, we work collaboratively with students, their families, and school districts to provide support and services.


Ocean Academy’s cornerstone is its therapeutic component, which offers the student and their family psychiatric and therapeutic services and support from our clinical team. We develop and implement an individualized treatment plan to improve academic functioning while working on any underlying concerns that may be impacting school performance. The goal is to help each student achieve his/her full positive potential, which is facilitated by a “hands-on” intensive, structured, positive approach.


Educationally, Ocean Academy works closely with the sending districts to plan and implement the student’s plan with “highly qualified” teachers and staff that are committed and trained to work with students that require individual needs. They provide a variety of educational experiences to give every student a chance for success.


All students are selected for admission to our behavioral health school programs based upon a review of records, meeting with the sending school district, parents, family members, and most importantly an interview of the student.  The selection process is rigorous to ensure that students, families, and sending districts agree that Ocean Academy in Bayville offers the student the best opportunity to be successful based upon their current needs.


Ocean Academy has its own school buses and licensed school bus drivers. Having our own bus allows us to utilize the various parks, recreation, and educational facilities throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties during the school year and our Extended School Year program.

Our mission is to foster a collaborative environment that is safe, calming, nurturing, and educational where students develop active and creative minds.

Welcome to Ocean Academy

It gives me great pleasure, as Principal of Ocean Academy, to welcome you to the Ocean Academy website. This website has been prepared in the hope that it will become a valuable source of school news and timely information for parents, students, and visitors to the site. It has been developed to enable everyone to become familiar with our school, its policies, and other procedures that are basic for the smooth functioning of our school. Additionally, the site will provide you with updated school news, schedules, and events. 


Our behavioral health school programs have a very long tradition. We take great pride in providing a safe and secure learning environment, while at the same time offering a wide array of exciting and challenging academic programs.


Our entire staff is committed to establishing a school environment that allows our students to flourish and to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially.


A student at Ocean Academy may look forward to many highly rewarding educational and personal experiences. New academic vistas will be explored, new friendships will be made, new perspectives on life will be developed, and the opportunity to mature in one of the finest schools in Ocean County will be offered.